New Research Finds New Dangers from Vaping/E-Cigarettes

OSU scientists have taken a first look at bacteria in the mouths of young, healthy vaporizer (e-cigarette) users and they say the potential for future disease is very present. But that danger may not be what you think.

A culture of oral bacteria in daily vape users’ mouths is swimming with strong, infection causing organisms that put vapers at serious risk for disease ranging from gum disease to cancer, according to scientists.

The subjects didn’t have any active diseases their oral bacteria panel resembled that of people with periodontitis. This infection can cause tooth loss as well as leaving one at risk for heart and lung disease if not treated.

The presence of nicotine in the vaper’s “juice” (the liquid they vaporize and inhale) didn’t seem to make a difference in bacteria cultures. This lead scientists to believe it is the “juice” that may be the key culprit in creating a home in the mouths of vapers for this dangerous combo of bacteria.

Scientists even found that cigarette smokers in the study had a lower instance of the dangerous bacteria in their mouths when smoking cigarettes. After was little as 3 months and up to 12 months of vaping changed their bacteria profile a more dangerous level making vaping potentially more dangerous than smoking in some regards.

 

Do Bacteria Get Sick? If So, What Does That Mean?

Buckeye researchers are diving into new worlds, observing the interplay between bacteria and the viruses (also known as phages) that infect them. Their study was published in The ISME Journal.

Whether it’s a body of water or a human body, viruses and bacteria interact inside these bodies and influence everything from world oxygen levels to if a new born will get sick. Knowing the secrets of these interactions could help future researchers figure out how to fight disease and save the planet. For the study, the researchers used some very special equipment in league with the US Dept. of Energy.

It allowed them a real-time look at what was going on when two of the same bacteria where given the same or different viruses or phages. They then could analyze, step by step, what was happening.

Researchers say it is not yet clear exactly where their observations and work will lead, but they hope it’ll reveal ways to improve the health of humans and the world we live in. Researchers pointed out that looking beyond what they called “ideal” interactions between viruses and bacteria—a more well-rounded knowledge is needed to move forward.